Clark reaching milestone

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

In football, the number 100 holds special significance.

A 100-yard game for a running back or a receiver is worth noting. One hundred defensive tackles for a season will put CFL players among the league leaders. One hundred kicking points means someone has done their job.

Calgary Stampeder Brian Clark will finally join a unique 100 club as well.

The linebacker will play in his 100th consecutive game tomorrow in Hamilton against the Tiger-Cats (5 p.m., TSN).

With Stamps centre Jamie Crysdale ending his streak at 210 consecutive games earlier this season, one could argue Clark's achievement isn't all that spectacular. But consider this. The middle linebacker is on the field for about 65 defensive plays each game putting his body on the line. He also runs full speed into blocks 15 to 20 times on special teams every game.

"Just to say I played for that long is great," said Clark, who had to be reminded of the milestone. "To play 100 games is amazing but to play them consecutively is even better.

"I'll take that as a linebacker. When I get older, I'll probably look back and pat myself on the back for that."

Clark's streak started in 2000 when he was a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He missed the first two games that season with a shoulder injury.

Last season, Clark signed up with the Stamps after four solid years with the Bombers. There's been a few bumps and bruises along the way but every time something happened, a bye week or extended layoff gave him time to heal.

"I've been fortunate to avoid major stuff," said the 31-year-old. "Everybody plays with little nicks and bruises. I got nervous this season when I pulled my hamstring. I fought through it and it healed for me. I did that in the B.C. game in Vancouver. I didn't pull it too bad. It was one of those nagging injuries that you have to get through."

Last season, Clark sprained his ankle in the third game and had it taped up so he could finish the game against the Tiger-Cats. Fortunately for him, a bye week followed so the injury could heal.


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